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Target kilings of Ahmadis in Pakistan at the hands of Deobandi ASWJ and TTP militants


Let’s start from an incident which was widely ignored or diluted in Pakistan’s mainstream media:

Ahmadi Muslim shot by Deobandi ASWJ terrorists in Baldia Town, Karachi

Karachi (Saeedabad, Baldia town – 24 June 2012) – Aslam Bhatti, an Ahmadi Muslim, owner of a computer shop was attacked by Deobandi militants who showered bullets on his shop located on Shahrah-e-Waqas, Sec 5J Saeedabad, Karachi. Due to fear, no one came near to save him. An ambulance was called and was brought to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, where he is in criticl condition. The locality is a hub of various Deobandi Madrassas where activities of the Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (AMTKN) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ aka LeJ) were intensified in recent days. Graffiti of threatening slogans against Ahmadis can be seen on the walls in the name of the Sipah-e-Sahaba or ASWJ. The incitement to violence has resulted in a series of attacks against Ahmadis in Karachi. It must be noted that the Darul uloom Suffa, a Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP, ASWJ, LeJ) affiliated Deobandi madrassa is in the vincinity. Its principal Qari Haq Nawaz Deobandi is known for fiery speeches inciting sectarian hatred against Shias, Ahmadis and Sunni Sufis or Barelvis. He has been accused of forcibly capturing many Sunni Barelvi mosques. His son Qari Shoaib was arrested in a case of carrying illegal weapons, nowadays frequently appears in religious shows of ARY One News and other channels. The Deobandi madressa also is centre of the ASWJ-SSP and TTP activists. Last year, Umair, a student of the Darul uloom Suffa was killed by the rangers when an attempt of bank robbery was foiled in Ali Garh bazar, Banaras, Orangi town.

The terrorists have been given a license to kill Shias, Sunni Barelvis and Ahmadis for their loyalty to Pakistan and Pakistan Army for not committing attacks on their offices and installations, and for refusing to be a part of the establishment backed Difae Pakistan Council.

It is very disheartening to see channels and social media not mentioning that the victim was an Ahmadi Muslim and the incident will go unnoticed amidst the news of unending violence in the city.


The above incident is only one of dozens of systematic attacks by Deobandi militants on Ahmadis in Pakistan which are often censored or diluted in the mainsteram media. Here is some further eivdence of Deobandi attacks on Ahmadis.

An incomplete archive of Deobandi ASWJ attacks on Ahmadiyya community (Ahmadis) of Pakistan

Here are a copule of links to newspaper reports confirming Deobandi ASWJ-LeJ’s role in attacks on Ahmadiyya community.



Hasan Muawiya, brother of Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi, behind witch-hunting of Ahmadis in Lahore – by Pejamistri https://lubpak.net/archives/299777

Ahmadi man murdered

A man belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was killed in what appears to be sectarian attack in Ghaus Nagar, Baldia.

Baldia Division Sub-Divisional Police Officer Mohammad Ahmed Baig said Saad was shot dead and his father, Farooq, brother, Hamad, and uncle, Nusrat, injured in the afternoon when they were returning home in a car from their worship place.

Two men riding a motorcycle intercepted their vehicle and opened fire on them. The four men were moved to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where Saad expired, while the three others survived their injuries.

Saad had married a week earlier.

The police officer said Saad and his three relatives were businessmen by profession. “The attack appears to be sectarian in nature, but others angles will also be probed.” The police found 9mm pistol bullet shells at the crime scene

The News, October 20, 2012



November 2014: Incited by ASWJ madrassa leaders, villagers near Narowal want body of Ahmadi man exhumed from Muslim graveyard

This picture from a Deobandi unity rally by JUI(F) and ASWJ-LeJ chanting slogans: antisemtism, anti-Ahmadi, anti-Sunni Barelvi. Still some Pakistani commercial liberals are supporting the forces opposing Dr Qadri & Imran Khan.

August 23, 2014



Anti-Ahmadi and anti-shia groups like TKNM, SSP and LeJ are all closely linked to LeT, TTP and other assorted crooks.


SSP/LeJ hasn’t only been involved in the #ShiaGenocide, it also attacked Ahmadi mosques in 2010 that killed 88 #Ahmadis



24 June 2012: Pakistan: An Ahmadi Muslim shot at by SSP/ASWJ terrorists http://ahmadiyyatimes.blogspot.com/2012/06/pakistan-ahmadi-muslim-killed-by.html …

2 July 2102:

Clearly #Sindh is the new front of SSP/LeJ/ASWJ/AMTKN against #Ahmadi & #Shia muslims. One Ahmadi & One Shia martyred in 24 hrs #Pakistan


20 July 2012

tribune.com.pk/story/410802/hate-violence-ahmadi-leader-gunned-down-in-karachi/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter … Sipah e Sahaba terrorists gun down Ahmedi leader in #karachi #ssp #lej #Pakistan


17 Jan 2014

Pakistan: Ahmadi youngster shot dead by SSP/TTP in Rawalpindi: A 17 year old Ahmadi boy, Arsalan Sarwar


US-based Ahmadi doctor Mehdi Ali, a 50-year-old heart surgeon shot dead in Punjab by #SSP #ASWJ #TTP #LEJ http://www.dawn.com/news/1108691 ”

26 May 2014


Death sentences for TTP/LeJ/SSP men (Abdullah & Muavia) behind 2010 #Ahmadi attack http://www.dawn.com/news/1157626 #Ahmadiyya

17 Jan 2015


22 Sep 2014

#Ahmadi #Physician, Ahmad Khosa Shot Killed By #Takfiri #Millitants #ASWJ in #MirpurKhas,#Pakistan,


An Ahmadi Noman Najam was killed in Malir (Karachi) for his Faith”
Thanks ASWJ wall chalking


Two ‘LeJ/ASWJ target killers’ with over 60 hits incl Policemen, #Shia #Ahmadi #MQM activists, arrested http://shar.es/DTks4

The News, 8 Dec 2013

The Crime Investigation Department arrested two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi target killers on Saturday believed to be involved in more than 60 murders including those of Shia community members, policemen and Muttahida Qaumi Movement activists.

DIG Ameer Ahmed Sheikh said a team led by CID Sectarian Cell chief Mohammad Fayyaz Khan raided a hideout in Orangi Town and after a shootout rounded up Sheikh Mohammad Mumtaz alias Sher Khan, alias Faraoon alias Shahzad alias Bhai, and Sajid Khan Mehsud.

While searching the hideout, the police found two TT pistols, grenades, two rockets shells, 10 kilograms of explosive material, 10 kilograms of ball bearings, two detonators and five metres of electrical wire.

The DIG said the two men confessed to killing over 60 people including policemen, doctors, Shias, Ahmadis, and activists of political parties.



Banned outfit ASWJ get assurances of safety while an Ahmadi doctor aged 72 is in jail for reciting Quran..

8 Dec 2013


“We killed 60 incl Policemen #Shias #Ahmadi #MQM activists” LeJ/ASWJ terrorists confessed

They also killed Dr Naseem Abbas Shah in Ferozabad, Syed Jawad Ali, an imambargah trustee in Khawaja Ajmer Nagri, a book shop owner Mirza Saeed Baig in Orangi Town; Haji Bostan in Iqbal Market, Qadir Bux, a matwali of an imambargah in Iqbal Market, and SSP activist Anu in Pakistan Bazaar for working as a spy. They had also murdered an Ahmadi doctor, Tahir Ahmed, in Landhi and Shamshad, an activist of the Sunni Tehreek, in Iqbal Market. They said they only killed policemen who belonged to the Shia community.

8 Dec 2013, The News



Demystifying Sharia #TTP, #ASWJ, #LeJ, #LeT #JuD #TahirAshrafi #Genocide #Shia #Ahmadi #Pakistan ,

8 Feb 2014


Pakistan’s silent partition
Ahmadis, a persecuted Muslim sect, have been flocking to Sri Lanka in search of asylum. Now they’re being turned away
January 27, 2015
by Zehra Abid @zehra_abid4

Al Jazeera



It has been revealed that an Ahmadi Muslim man was killed by Tehrik-e-Taliban after initially being kidnapped five years ago.

Mubarak Ahmad Bajwa was abducted along with his employee on 26 October 2009 by the terrorist organisation, Tehrik-e-Taliban. The employee was released with a mobile phone and the terrorists used the phone to demand a ransom of Rs 20 million.

Later, telephone communications ended and the police were unable to resolve the matter until 2014, when new information came to light. A terrorist was arrested by police and admitted murdering the abducted Ahmadi Muslim.

The terrorist told police he kept Bajwa imprisoned and chained before stabbing him to death and burying his remains in a pit. He explained he had done so because he objected to Ahmadiyya beliefs and was ordered to kill him by a Taliban commander.

A Pakistani politician has urged the Government for further enforcement of anti-Ahmadiyya legislation.

Ilyas Chinioti, one of many voices in Pakistani Parliament that advance anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric, wrote the letter on 17th November 2014. Chinioti, previously known to refer to Ahmadi Muslims as enemies of Islam and that war should be waged against them, complains that “Kalima Tayyeba [a declaration of faith] and Quranic verses are seen written outside the shops and houses of Qadianis. [Ahmadi Muslims]”

The Pakistani politician claims, “as a result of this, the feelings of Muslims are being injured.”

This is just one of the more recent examples of anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric that permeates the Pakistani Parliament, ignoring international human rights obligations and underlines the deep-rooted state persecution of Ahmadi Muslims.

February 2015



Ahmadi doctor killed in Chenab Nagar
26 May 2014

CHENAB NAGAR: A member of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya was shot dead in Chenab Nagar on Monday allegedly because of his faith.
Cardiac surgeon Dr Mehdi Ali was on his was way back from a graveyard when two men on a motorbike opened fire. He was shot 11 times, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Rabwah told The Express Tribune.
The 50-year-old US national was visiting Pakistan for research work at Tahrir Cardiac Hospital, Rabwah along with his family.
The attackers managed to flee the scene of the crime. Ali’s body was taken to a nearby hospital. No FIR was registered till the filing of this report.



Qaid Majlis Rafa-e-Aam Janab Noman Najam Sahab, age 30 years, was shot today while he was at his computer shop in Malir, Karachi… Inna Lillah-e-wa Inna ilaihi Rajeoon

He is the son of Maqsood Ahmad

Noman Najam Sahab was eldest son & he left behind two younger brothers & old parents. May Allah be their guardian & protector. Amen

Two uncles & grand father of Noman Najam Sahab embraced martyrdom during the 1974 riots in Gujranwalla.

Please pray for his family in your prayers — May Allah be their best protector & support. We only seek strength from Him

March 2015

Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2015/03/religion/islam/heart-breaking-news-an-ahmadi-muslim-shot-in-karachi-pakistan#ixzz3bQYmWIbT


28 Dec 2014

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Gunmen in eastern Pakistan shot dead a member of the Ahmadi religious minority on Saturday, an Ahmadi spokesman said, five days after a Muslim leader denounced Ahmadis on a popular Pakistani television talk show.
Luqman Ahmad Shehzad was shot in the back of the head near Bhiri Shah Rehman village, a small community of Ahmadis in the Gujranwala district, said Saleem ud Din, the spokesman.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2888520/Man-Ahmadi-religious-minority-killed-Pakistan-Muslim-leader-calls-enemy.html#ixzz3bQZ7igQQ

Ahmadi persecution archive



Eleven members of Ahmadi minority killed in 2014: report

Eleven Pakistani members of the Ahmadi religious minority were murdered for their faith in 2014 and authorities failed to apprehend any of the killers, a report said Monday, highlighting growing intolerance toward the sect.

The figure represents a rise on seven killings the year before, with the report blaming growing hate speech in conferences and the media.

Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani government in 1974 because of their belief in a prophet after Muhammad. They are frequent victims of discrimination and violent assaults, but it is rare for militants to be convicted for attacks against them.

In the worst case of violence last year, an angry mob torched an Ahmadi neighbourhood in the eastern city of Gujranwala, killing a woman and two girls after a 17-year-old Ahmadi boy allegedly posted a blasphemous picture on Facebook.

The boy remains in custody over the incident, the report said, though none of the attackers were ever brought to justice.

In May, gunmen shot dead an American heart surgeon, Mehdi Ali, who was visiting Pakistan on a charity mission in Sindh.

The report, drawn up by the main Ahmadi community group, claimed a link between inflammatory media coverage and violence.

In 2010, Taliban gunmen stormed two Ahmadi mosques, killing more than 90 people in the worst ever attack on the community.


On Saturday 8 February, 2014 at 2:30 pm Raziullah Din Sahib son of Muhammad Hussein Mukhtar Sahib was shot at and killed by unknown by unknown assailants. The deceased was 27 years old and a resident of Ogervi Colony, Aurangi Town, Karachi.

Raziullah Din Sahib was employed by factory which manufactured socks. According to reports he left for work at approximately 2:30 pm. His wife and nephew were with him. He had only just left his home when two unknown assailants on motorycles began firing at him. One of the bullets hit his neck and damaged his windpipe. His nephew immediately went back home to get help, while his wife took rushed him to the Abassi Shaheed Hospital. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the medical staff there they were unable to revive the victim. The deceased is survived by his wife and a two year old daughter. His remains will be laid to rest in Rabwah.

Salimuddin Sahib, the spokesperson for Jama’at Ahmadiyya expressed his grief at this latest killing and said that in the past year seven Ahmadis have been killed on account of their faith, six of whom were killed in Karachi. He mentioned that in Aurangi Town members of the Kiyani family had in the past been made the target of sectarian violence and that the majority of incident involving Ahmadis in Karachi occurred in this locality. He said that it was obvious from this that there is an organized and coordinated effort to target Ahmadis in this way.

Read more: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2014/02/countries/pakistan/breaking-young-ahmadi-muslim-martyred-in-karachi#ixzz3bQa2mLjI

American doctor killed in Pakistan amid wave of violence aimed at Ahmadi Muslims
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By Tim Craig and Shaiq Hussain May 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American doctor was shot and killed in eastern Pakistan on Monday, in what appeared to be the latest attack targeting Ahmadi Muslims and other religious minorities here.

Mehdi Ali Qamar, a cardiologist who practices in suburban Columbus, Ohio, had traveled to Pakistan’s Punjab province late last week to volunteer at a local heart clinic and visit relatives, according to Ahmadi community leaders. At around sunrise Monday, he went to an Ahmadi cemetery to visit the graves of several family members.

As he neared the gate, two men on motorcycles shot him 11 times in front his wife and toddler son, officials said. Police had no suspects and did not know the motive for the killing, a spokesman said.


Another Ahmadi Muslim doctor brutally martyred in Karachi

20 Ahmadi Doctors have been killed since 1984 anti-Ahmadiyya laws

It is with great sadness and regret that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat hereby confirms that a well-known Ahmadi Muslim, Dr Najam al-Hasan (39) was martyred in a religiously motivated attack last night in Karachi, at approximately 12:15am local time.

Dr Najam al-Hasan was leaving his clinic and had just entered his car when he was shot dead by a group of assailants, who as of yet, remain unaccounted for. Upon hearing the noise of gunfire, his brother, whose medical store is adjacent to the clinic, rushed to the scene only to discover that the victim had already succumbed to his injuries.

Dr Najam al-Hasan was a peaceful and law abiding citizen and a much renowned pediatrician. He was also a serving assistant professor at Dow University of Health Sciences. Dr Najam al-Hasan is survived by his wife, and three young children.

Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadiyya specific Ordinance XX in 1984, 20 Ahmadi Doctors have been killed in sectarian attacks, 10 of whom were murdered in Sindh. Dr Najam al-Hasan becomes the second Ahmadi to be killed in Karachi this year because of his religion. Such violence results from the continuing hatred that is spread throughout Pakistan against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.

Violent assaults against Ahmadis that are carried out in the name of religion are all too often premeditated and well organised. It is most unfortunate that certain parts of the media in Pakistan are being used to incite the sentiments of people against Ahmadis and inflame the already raging fire of sectarianism in the country.



19 July 2012

Target killing: Ahmadi leader shot down in Karachi

KARACHI: An Ahmadi leader, who was the president of the Orangi Town Jamaat, was gunned down in Karachi on Thursday.

Mukarram Naeem Ahmed Gondal, 52, was on his way to work in the morning when two people on a motorcycle approached him and shot him in the head killing him on the spot. Gondal was working at the State Bank of Pakistan as an assistant director.

SHO SITE Police Station Rao Rafique told The Express Tribune that the deceased was the son of Abdul Waheed, and a resident of Meteroville SITE. He was shot once by two men on a motorcycle, he confirmed.

An FIR, 374/2012, for the murder has been lodged by the police and investigations are underway, he said. The officer did not offer any insight on the perceived motive behind the murder.

This is the second killing of an Ahmadi in Karachi and 11th in Pakistan this year. Earlier this year in January, Ahsan Kamal was shot in the head at a mobile phone franchise in Manzoor Colony. Several other Ahmadis have been attacked but they escaped death.

There are around 20,000 Ahmadis living in the city and their leaders say that the areas where they feel the most threatened include Drig Road, Orangi Town, Baldia, Mauripur and Steel Town.



Rabwah (PR): Another day and another Ahmadi was shot dead in a planned and organised target killing campaign against Ahmadis in Karachi. Mr. Muhammad Ahmad, 23 was leaving his general store in Gulistan e Jauher area of Karachi with his bother in law on a motorbike when two unknown assailants shot them. As a result Mr. Muhammad Ahmad lost his life at the spot while his brother in law Shams Fakhri, 45 is severely injured and fighting for his life in a hospital.

It is third Ahmadi to lose his life as a result of an organised and well-orchestrated campaign that is following an extensive hate filled wall chalking and hate material campaign. An Ahmadi Mr. Muhammad Nawaz was shot dead in similar fashion on 12 September another Ahmadi Mr. Abdul Ghaffar was shot dead on 7 September. These incidents have been reported to the police but any investigations or results of police action are not in sight as yet. This is the sixth Ahmadi who lost his life in Karachi this year as part of the on going persecution.

Mr. Muhammad Ahmad like all the other deceased Ahmadis had no personal animosity with anyone and his killers shot him because of his faith. The timing of shooting and the manner is all too similar which shows the killers came just for him and they had a plan. He was receiving threats from last many months like many other Ahmadis across Pakistan.

The spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya Pakistan Saleem ud Din expressed his profound grief over this incident “23 is not the age for a young man to die but it is the age to serve humanity and the country, Muhammad Ahmad sahib was an energetic young man who was an innocent citizen of this country whose life was taken because he was an Ahmadi”. Saleem ud Din further added, “This vicious cycle of hate and death has to stop before it completely destroys the core fabric of our society which it has started to in a way.” Saleem ud Din emphasised that Ahmadis have a right to live peacefully in this country and practice their faith they are also Pakistani citizens.

Mr. Saleem ud Din repeated once again “until the discriminatory rules and laws against Ahmadis are there anyone could pick up a weapon and kill Ahmadis how so ever they please. On top of that Ahmadis are increasingly cornered & silenced but hate mongers are given a free hand to publish and print whatever they want.”

The police and law enforcement agencies are urged to investigate this brazen attack and bring the culprits to justice.

End of Press Release

Nizarat Umoor E Aama

Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)




Ahmadi persecution archive – Tribune

A member of the Jamaat-i-Ahmadia was shot dead in Green Town, allegedly because of his faith.

Four armed teenagers entered Jawad Karim’s house on Monday and shot him dead. They then walked away from the scene, said Imtiaz Adnan, Karim’s brother and a witness to the incident.


6 Apr 2013

Minority rights: Few years after father’s murder, Ahmedi lawyer shot in Nawabshah




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  • Thank you, Sheherzade Adil, for writing this piece.

    As usual, mainstream media (both Urdu and English press) continues to ignore the ongoing persecution and murder of Ahmadis at the hands of Deep State-sponsored Jihadi-sectarian militants. Shame all around1!

  • I often imagine if I were to come from Pakistan and belong to these set of uncivilized sect of Mullah, how long would I have repudiated my Nationality and adopt a new nationality of more civil and morally sound community? But on a second thought I think of these humble, harmless and civil sect of the Ahmadiyya group and admit that such a people are needed for the reformation of an animalistic environment like pakistan. This is a sad reminder of Pre_Islamic Arabia. May Allah grant them victory as He granted Muhammad of Islam.

  • Gull Hassan KHan: Did you Forget That Mr.ZulfiQar Ali Bhutto Hanged to Death because he found in helping in killing of an Innocent person,And By The Way,Who The hell Give you This Authority If Ahmadis Are Declared As Non-Muslim,That mean They Have no Right to Service/Live in The Country?Can you Shut your mouth,Or You are That Rascal Mullah whom Muhammad(SAW) Called “The Wrost Creature Under The Sky”.

  • Gull Hassan Khan: The Holy Prophet(saw) came to make non-Muslims to Muslims and here you are forcefully making True Muslims to Non-Muslims. You have absolutely no idea what Islam is all about and you want to comment on ISLAM Ahmadiyya. Repent before Allah catches you. Read and understand about Islam Ahmadiyya before it is too late. Visit (www . alislam . org) to know more.

  • Gull Hassan, I think you have forgotton the tregic deaths of Your so called leaders zulfiqar ali Bhutto and Gen. Zial Haq. All the world observed deaths of both the above leaders .

  • Gull Hassan Who is Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto? he was a God? Then why your God Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto hanged to death?

  • Mr. Gull Hassan. Why not think of the future of Pakistan. Pray that wrath of Allah should not descend on it through the shedding of innocent bloods. What was the end of Ali Bhutto? What was the end of your former military president Zihaul Haq? Have ever asked yourself of their ends. Beware! God is always above everyone.

  • Yes my dear friends the every constitution was tempered by generals. The been cheating in league with dirty mullas. Every one who perspects and follow the path of abraham is not muslim? Huzoor s a w s had advised the followers to pray for his s.a.w.s to allah to gift him the dignity as had been awarded to abraham. Is it not fact?

  • Not A referendum for reforms in constitution is right answer? Do the Pakistani not detest the sunni and shia makers?
    Is not the
    The word islam tempered?

  • Being an Ahmadi Muslim living in Canada, I enjoy all sorts of freedom to practice and preach the beautiful teachings of Islam. It pains my heart to know that my fellow Ahmadi brothers and sisters living in the so called Islamic Republic of Pakistan, do not enjoy this freedom.
    It saddens me to learn of yet another brutal death of an innocent Ahmadi Muslim in Karachi.
    Pakistan as a nation must stand up against these extremist factors and establish justice for the minorities in this country, if they want any peace.
    The same terrorists who attack Ahmadi mosques and murder innocent Ahmadi Muslims to attain paradise, go on to perpetrate other inhumane acts. Their hatred does not only remain confined to Ahmadis, rather their thirst can never be quenched.
    Despite the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan, Ahmadi Muslims around the world are praying for Pakistan to be safe guarded from any calamities ameen.

  • Ye NAAM NIHAD MULAH.Phoonkon se Ellahi Jamaat ko rokney ki nakam koshish kr rahe hen.
    Jis ko TAAED,e KHUDA hasil ho us ko koi dunyavi toofaan nahi rok sakta. “Ahmadiyat Zindabad”

  • They says that ahamadi are non muslim and non muslim are not allowed in both cities which are captured by these cheating ksa & suni molvis.
    They are unable to explain that hazart umer r. a.’s attacker was not a non muslim slave?
    Who bound those cities? The one is who claims that non muslim are not allowed in a certain holy city is not a biggest sin? Who the hell a molvi or a general is to term one muslim or non muslim?
    Is not a ban on factions in the name of islam is clear in holy book? Every one who is leading a faction is a badmahash

  • shame on these so called mullahs for their cruel activities against innocent ahmadis

  • AUGUST 30, 2010

    Pakistan: Deobandi xtremists’ war on people’s Islam

    “I do not wish to insinuate that all Deobandis and Salafis are terrorists or extremists, but my point is this: all terrorists in Pakistan are Deobandis.”

    Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch |
    Source / Credit: Daily Times | Pakistan
    By Yasser Latif Hamdani | July 05, 2010

    The Deoband philosophy is a rejectionist philosophy, which rejected modernity and saw the British as the embodiment of western irreligious thought and materialism

    The attack on Hazrat Ali Hajvery’s shrine has struck at the root of Lahore’s religious and cultural ethos. For 1,000 years, this city has been sustained by the cultural openness and tolerance that Ali Hajvery, or as he is known to the people of Lahore, Data, gave us. Indeed, Lahore is famously called Data Ki Nagri for the Data was, in a way, the famed Afghan warrior-plunderer, Mahmud of Ghazni’s most lasting bequeath to the subcontinent. For 1,000 years, Hajvery’s shrine has fed Lahore’s hungry, clothed its naked and given shelter to the shelter-less.
    All that was brought to a halt when the night jackals in straitjackets struck like the cowards they are. It was Ahmedis last month, sufis now and Shias probably next. Pakistan’s Islamic pluralism is now the target.

    The purpose was not to create fear. The purpose was to target the soft traditions of Sufism and Barelviism — traditions that have informed Punjab’s social milieu for centuries. This popular Islam is the reason why there is a Muslim majority in Pakistan. It may be pointed out that this same Sufi-Barelvi Islam was invoked by the Muslim League in Punjab in the 1946 elections to counter the high-strung ulema and Islamic clerics of Deoband who had thrown their lot against Pakistan’s creation. Ironically, what was a low church project was hijacked by the high church.

    Every militant organisation that exists in Pakistan or was deployed during the Afghan war was Deobandi in orientation. The notorious Jamaat-ud-Dawa is Deobandi. All so-called freedom fighting groups, trained for Kashmir, are Deobandi — ironic for a movement that had doggedly opposed partition because the underlying rationale is the same. The Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi — two of the most vile sectarian bodies — are Deobandi and, while the third such body, the Tehreek-e-Khatme-Nabuwat, which calls itself non-violent, claims to represent both Deobandis and Barelvis, it is entirely dominated by Deobandi clerics. Recently, PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif was on the receiving end of this last organisation’s bigotry. But then Mian sahib has only himself to blame. In his last government, Mian sahib had placed, in Pakistan’s presidency, Rafiq Ahmed Tarar, a student and follower of Maulana Ataullah Shah Bukhari, a firebrand Deobandi scholar and orator who also coined the term ‘Kafir-e-Azam’ (the great infidel) for Pakistan’s founding father.

    It goes without saying that there exists not even a single Barelvi terrorist organisation in Pakistan. And yet, another complication of this is the potent mixture of Pashtun nationalism with Deobandi Islam. Mix Pashtun nationalism with Deobandi Islam and you get Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the most important terrorist leader from North Waziristan. Hafiz Gul Bahadur is the direct descendant of Faqir of Ipi, whose claim to fame was that he raised the banner of violent jihad against the newly formed dominion of Pakistan. Thus, Pakistan has faced a war against militant Islam since the first day it was created. The world discovered the Taliban a decade ago but Pakistan has been forced to reckon with them since its inception. And they were called the Taliban even in the time of Lord Curzon where a religious fanatic, Mullah Pawinda, had challenged British rule.

    I do not wish to insinuate that all Deobandis and Salafis are terrorists or extremists, but my point is this: all terrorists in Pakistan are Deobandis. No doubt, a majority of Deobandis are good, hardworking people who just wish to live according to their own beliefs. However, there is something intrinsic to the very nature of the Deobandi doctrine, which makes it amenable to violence. It is perhaps the conditions under which the Deobandi movement in Islam emerged. It was a reaction to colonialism and was fiercely anti-imperialist in its moorings. The Deoband philosophy is also a rejectionist philosophy, which rejected modernity and saw the British as the embodiment of western irreligious thought and materialism. Their hatred for foreign rulers was thus rooted in a carefully constructed religious dogma that presented all Europeans as monsters out to destroy Islam.

    This is why the Deobandis, despite their strict version of Islam, were closely allied with the Hindu-dominated Indian National Congress during the independence movement, instead of the Muslim League which was seen as leaning towards the British and was in any event dominated by the westernised Muslim classes who were not Deobandi. Today in India, Darululoom-Deoband seems to have ensconced itself above all else as the supreme fatwa generating body for Indian Muslims. Consider the latest fatwas that have come out from there: banking is forbidden upon Muslims as a profession and also that women are not allowed to work. Whereas in India it is an attempt to exert clerical control over a hapless and insecure minority, in Pakistan, Deobandi extremists have tried to seize the state itself. They came very close under the military dictatorship of usurper General Ziaul Haq who supported them and nurtured them through Pakistan’s ISI for jihad against the Soviet Union. Needless to say, all this happened with the US’s approval. Things seemed to be going in that direction again in 1999 when Nawaz Sharif, who should have known better, made a decisive move to establish a caliphate in Pakistan. The Deobandi extremist movement in Pakistan is actually the officially anointed clergy’s war on the people’s Islam.

    The question is, where do you take a stand? Where do you begin? The Punjab government’s denials of the existence of Taliban strongholds in South Punjab and elsewhere are disconcerting. In the longer run, it will threaten the PML-N itself. There is remarkable convergence today between the GT-Road’s middle class towns and the poverty stricken Seraiki belt, which have turned terrorist out of desperation, and the Taliban networks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, connected by a massive road network. The PML-N is, at heart, a party of shopkeepers and small city businessmen. The ultimate victim in this negligence is going to be the PML-N. Therefore, the Punjab government needs to take stock of the situation. About 10 years ago, only some 15 percent of Sunni Muslims would have described themselves as Deobandi. Today, this number has nearly doubled. This has everything to do with the unchecked growth of Deobandi seminaries in Pakistan. While still only a minority of Sunnis associate themselves with this school of thought, more than 60 percent of all seminaries in Pakistan are associated with Deoband. How does that make any logical sense? The state is obviously too weak to try and counter this. And so we continue this slide down our slippery slope.

    Yasser Latif Hamdani is a lawyer. He also blogs at http://pakteahouse.wordpress.com and can be reached at yasser.hamdani@gmail.com


  • Just Who Is Not A Kafir? | War On The Kafirs
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    “Labelling others infidel and kafir has become a preferred task of the mullahs. It’s clear that every sect considers others heretical, kafirs and dwellers of hell. Even verses of the Quran are wrongly used to disprove others’ faith and sects.” [Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, Scholar]

    Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch |
    Source / Credit: Outlook India
    By Amir Mir | July 19, 2010

    War On The Kafirs | The Islamic faultlines in the state widens with extremists

    The broad Sunni-Shia division does not explain all of it
    Most Sunnis adhere to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. Only 5 per cent of the country’s population belongs to the Ahle Hadith sect or Wahabis.
    The Sunnis are subdivided into the Barelvi and Deobandi schools of thought
    The Deobandis and Wahabis consider the Barelvis as kafir, because they visit the shrines of saints, offer prayers, believe music, poetry and dance can lead to god
    Barelvis constitute 60 per cent of the population. Deobandis and Wahabis together account for 20 per cent
    Another 15 per cent are Shias, again considered kafir and subjected to repeated attacks
    Since 2000, the Sunni-Shia conflict has claimed 5,000 lives
    Others considered kafir are the religious minorities—Christians, Ismailis, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmadias, etc, who account for 5 per cent of the population
    So, 20 per cent of the population effectively considers the remaining 80 per cent as kafir

    When two suicide bombers exploded themselves in the shrine of the revered Sufi saint Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh in Lahore, the ensuing devastation—in which at least 50 people were killed and scores injured—rendered meaningless the promise of Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. Jinnah had said, “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed…that has nothing to do with the business of the state. You are free, free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan.” These stirring words were then perceived as an explicit assurance to the religious minorities of their rights in a country where Muslims constitute over 95 per cent of the population.

    Six decades later, as Pakistan remains trapped in the vortex of violence, even the Muslims are in desperate need of assurances such as Jinnah’s. Mosques and shrines of saints are targeted regularly, votaries of different Muslim sects are subjected to suicide bombings, and just about every mullah seems to enjoy the right of declaring anyone who he thinks has deviated from Islam an apostate, a non-Muslim, whose killing is religiously justifiable. In the darkness enveloping Pakistan, it won’t be wrong to ask: who isn’t a kafir or infidel, beyond even the religious minorities of Christians, Sikhs and Hindus?

    Shrapnel from every explosion strains the social fabric, tears its rich tapestry, and undermines the traditional forms of devotion inherited over generations. Take the twin suicide bombings of the Data Ganj Baksh shrine of July 1, which has been blamed on the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) even though it has vehemently denied its involvement. This Sufi shrine defines the spirit of Lahore, which is often called Data ki nagri (Data’s abode). Here lies buried Syed Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery, popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh, whose shrine is mostly visited by members of the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims. The shrine, famous for mystical dancing by devotees, is a Lahore landmark.

    However, the adherents of the Deobandi school of thought, to which the Taliban belongs, are opposed to the idea of Muslims visiting Sufi shrines and offering prayers, a practice known as piri-faqiri. The Deobandis deem piri-faqiri to be heretical, a gross violation of Islamic doctrine; ditto mystical dancing. The Deobandis, therefore, consider the Barelvis as kafir whose neck can be put to sword, no question asked.

    A week before July 1, the TTP had sent a letter to the Data Ganj Baksh administration threatening to attack the shrine, claiming its status was equivalent to that of the Somnath temple in Gujarat, India. The symbolism inherent in the comparison wasn’t lost—the Somnath temple had been repeatedly raided by Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi, ‘the idol destroyer’, who believed his marauding attacks would sap the fighting spirit of the Hindus. The attack on the Data Darbar was, similarly, aimed at demoralising the Barelvis, besides striking at the root of Lahore’s religious and cultural ethos. The Daily Times pointed out, “For 1,000 years, the city has been sustained by the cultural openness and tolerance that Data gave us. For 1,000 years, the shrine has fed Lahore’s hungry, clothed its naked and given shelter to the shelter-less. All that was brought to a halt when the night jackals in straitjackets struck like the cowards they are. Pakistan’s Islamic pluralism is now the target.”

    This isn’t the first time Barelvi Muslims have been targeted. On April 12, 2006, for instance, a Barelvi conference organised to celebrate the perfectly orthodox occasion of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday at Nishtar Park, Karachi, witnessed a suicide bombing that claimed 70 lives. Last year, the Taliban attacked the shrine of the 17th century Sufi saint-poet, Rehman Baba, who is said to have withdrawn from the world and promised his followers that if they emulate him, they too could move towards a direct experience of god. He also believed god could be reached through music, poetry and dance. But then music and dance are unacceptable to the Deobandis, and the Taliban extensively damaged the shrine of Rehman Baba with explosives. Soon, they used rockets to ravage the mausoleum of Bahadar Baba, and then directed their wrath against the 400-year-old shrine of another Sufi saint, Abu Saeed Baba, both located near Peshawar.

    Renowned Islamic scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, a member of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which furnishes legal advice on Islamic issues to the Pakistan government, laments, “Labelling others infidel and kafir has become a preferred task of the mullahs. It’s clear that every sect considers others heretical, kafirs and dwellers of hell. Even verses of the Quran are wrongly used to disprove others’ faith and sects.”

    In a way, a minority of Pakistan’s population has taken to declaring the rest as kafir. Look at the figures—95 per cent of the Pakistani population are Muslim, of which 85 per cent are Sunni and 15 per cent Shia. But for the five per cent belonging to the Ahle Hadith (Wahabis), the Sunnis prescribe to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. They are further subdivided into the Barelvi and Deobandi schools. Most agree on the following composition of Pakistan’s population—60 per cent Barelvis, 15 per cent Deobandis, 15 per cent Shias, 5 per cent Ahle Hadith, and the remaining 5 per cent constituting Ahmadis, Ismailis, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis, etc. This means only 20 per cent of Pakistanis (15 per cent of Deobandis plus 5 per cent of Ahle Hadith) strictly consider the remaining 80 per cent as kafir, even willing to subject them to death and destruction.

    Renowned Pakistani writer Khaled Ahmed points to the irony: “Within Sunni Islam, the Deobandis and the Barelvis are not found anywhere outside India and Pakistan. The creation of these two sects was one of the masterstrokes of the Raj in its divide-and-rule policy.” He says the Deobandi school took roots in India in 1866 as a reaction to the overthrow of Muslim rule by the British. This school believes in a literalist interpretation of Islam, and apart from Wahabis, considers all other sects as non-Muslim who must be exterminated. “That’s why they work side by side, from politics to jehad,” says Ahmed, adding that though the Barelvi school of thought is the dominant jurisprudence in Pakistan, “it is not as well politically organised as the Deobandi school.”

    It was the Deobandi-Wahabi alliance, says Rehman, which pressured President Gen Zia-ul-Haq [sic (PM Z.A. Bhutto)] to declare the Ahmadis as non-Muslims. At a stroke of the pen, thus, a Muslim sect was clubbed with other religious minorities. Under the Constitution, they can’t call themselves Muslim or even describe their place of worship as a mosque. Wary of disclosing their identity publicly, the Ahmadis were dragged into the spotlight following devastating attacks on two of their mosques in Lahore that killed over a hundred people.

    But ‘Muslim’ status doesn’t insulate even mainstream sects from murderous attacks. Ask the Shias, whose Muharram procession in Karachi was bombed in December 2009, killing 33. The Deobandis regard Shias as kafir, claiming their devotion to the clerics and grant of divinely inspired status to them as heretical. The history of Sunni-Shia conflict is as old as Islam, but this has become increasingly bloody in the last decade—over 5,000 people have been killed since 2000—because of the war in Afghanistan. Since Iran had backed the Northern Alliance there, the Deobandis have taken to retaliating against the sect in Pakistan. They also accuse the Shias of assisting the Americans to invade Iraq.

    Says historian Dr Mubarak Ali, “One consequence of the war in Afghanistan is the fracturing of Pakistan’s religious patchwork quilt. Whereas once the faultlines lay between the Shias and Sunnis, these have now spread to the Barelvis and Deobandis, who are both Sunni.” Since the Barelvis are moderate and against the Taliban, the Deobandis look upon them as the state’s stooges, who as heretics should be put to death anyway, Ali argues.

    Perhaps the complicity between the state and the Deobandis deterred the latter from targeting the Barelvis till now. Lawyer and columnist Yasser Latif Hamdani says, “There is this potent mixture of Pashtun nationalism and Deobandi Islam. Somehow, there is something intrinsic to the very nature of Deobandi doctrine which the Pakistani military establishment is promoting to advance its so-called geostrategic agenda.” Yet, simultaneously, under US pressure, the state had to crack down on the TTP, which, in pique, has taken to wreaking vengeance on the hapless Barelvis.

    As long as powerful sections in the establishment persist with their goal of bringing the Pashtun Taliban back to power in Kabul, they will continue, says columnist Imtiaz Alam, “digging the grave of a democratic Pakistan”. Sectarianism and jehadi terrorism will be its consequent wages, he insists. No doubt, the enraged people of Lahore took to the streets protesting against the attack on the Data Darbar, but what’s of greater urgency is that the state must do some really deep thinking.


  • JUNE 24, 2012

    Pakistan: An Ahmadi Muslim shot at by SSP/ASWJ terrorists in Baldia Town, Karachi | LUBP
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    Darul uloom Suffa, a Sipah Sahaba (SSP, ASWJ, LeJ) affiliated madressa is in the vincinity, its principal Qari Haq Nawaz is known for fiery speeches inciting sectarian hatred. He has been accused of forcibly capturing many barelvi mosques.

    Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int’l Desk
    Source/Credit: Let Us Build Pakistan (LUBP)
    By June 24th 2012 | June 24th 2012

    UPDATE (8:55 AM PDT) : The latest report indicate that the victim has not expired. The target of attempted killing, Aslam Bhatti, is in a hospital and listed in very critical condition.

    Karachi (Saeedabad, Baldia town) – Aslam Bhatti, an Ahmadi Muslim, owner of a computer shop is killed by religious fanatics who showered bullets on his shop located on Shahrah-e-Waqas, Sec 5J Saeedabad.

    Due to fear, no one came near to save him, an ambulance was called and was brought to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, but he succumbed to bullet injuries and excessive bleeding.

    The locality is a hub of various Deobandi Madrassas, where activities of Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (AMTKN) were intensified in recent days. Graffiti of threatening slogans against Ahmedis can be seen on the walls. The incitement to violence has resulted in the violent incident.

    It must be noted that, Darul uloom Suffa, a Sipah Sahaba (SSP, ASWJ, LeJ) affiliated madressa is in the vincinity, its principal Qari Haq Nawaz is known for fiery speeches inciting sectarian hatred. He has been accused of forcibly capturing many barelvi mosques. His son Qari Shoaib was arrested in a case of carrying illegal weapons, nowadays frequently appear in religious shows of ARY One news and others.

    The madressa also is centre of SSP, ASWJ and TTP activists. Last year, Umair, a student of Darul uloom Suffa was killed by the rangers, when an attempt of bank robbery was foiled in Ali gadh bazar, Banaras, Orangi town.

    The terrorists have been given a license to kill Shias and Ahmedis for their loyalty to Pakistan and Pakistan Army for not committing attacks on their offices and installations, and for refusing to be a part of ISI formed Difae Pakistan Council.

    It is very disheartening to see channels and social media not mentioning that the victim was an Ahmadi Muslim and the incident will go unnoticed amidst the news of unending violence in the city.